Russia Says It May Ban McDonald’s Over New Sanctions

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Russia is considering banning McDonald’s from the country as retaliation for new sanctions.

It is unclear what that would mean for Russians already employed by McDonald’s, which has been in Russia for the last 24 years.

Russia’s consumer protection agency filed a claim on Friday accusing the fast food chain of violating governmental nutritional and safety codes in several of its burgers and ice cream products.

The complaint states that McDonald’s ice cream, milkshakes, cheeseburgers, and Filet-o-Fish and chicken sandwiches have too many calories, said Yekaterina Korotova, a spokeswoman for Moscow’s Tverskoi District Court.

The agency is known for taking legal action for political ends, according to The Associated Press.

One Moscow politician has called for the removal of McDonald’s restaurants to stop the selling of “their poisonous food,” the Huffington Post reported.

Ultranationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky said McDonald’s franchises should be shut down all "so there is not a scent of them left."

"It would be good if they closed here too ... if they disappeared for good. Pepsi-Cola would be next," Zhirinovsky told Russia media.

McDonald's opened its first Russian restaurant in Moscow's Pushkin Square in 1990. After 20 years, they had more than 245 restaurants in 60 Russian cities with 25,000 employees.

Sources: Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Business Today

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